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Detroit Tigers: 3 way-too-early high-impact free agents to target

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Jul 26, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) delivers against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers sign right-hander Marcus Stroman

Ignore the win loss record because some people believe that is important for a second and look at starting pitching market in the winter. 

  • Zach Greinke
  • Justin Verlander
  • Max Scherzer
  • Kevin Gausman
  • Clayton Kershaw
  • Marcus Stroman

Gausman and Stroman are the youngest ones of that group. All you would need for Stroman to do is to be a middle rotation pitcher who can not only mentor Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal but give you anywhere from 150 to 200 innings.

Storman is a gamer and he shows a flare on the mound. He has played in a tough media market and I think personally here in Detroit, people would love his energy and makeup as a player. He has an ERA of 2.80 (FIP is 3.49) and currently has an fWAR of 2.4.

Verlander coming home to Detroit is a good idea but it can’t be the only one. Look at the way the Dodgers and White Sox loaded on pitching during the trade deadline. For kicks, LA is set to sign Cole Hamles.  As cliche as this is to say, you can not have enough pitching.

Detroit needs pitching and if they could bring back the gang and sign Verlander and Scherzer that would be great to all Tigers fans but that is not reality.

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